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Established by the Shaunessy and Oldfield families on the South Okanagan’s legendary Golden Mile Bench in 1993, Tinhorn Creek is a very special winegrowing project, comprising 150 acres of spectacular vineyards in two distinct areas, one on either side of the valley. The two vineyards have significantly different soils, exposures, and microclimates. This is a big advantage, providing the opportunity to cultivate a wide range of grape varieties in optimum conditions. From the beginning, the...
Savoury on the nose with an intriguing stone fruit note from the Viognier skins. Oak spice is showing as coffee and other layers just keep coming. A rich wine with soy, espresso, plum jam and smoked bacon. Fine tannins and a warm finish carry the wine for ages. Another beautiful South Okanagan Syrah!
A hot and dry summer, typical of the South Okanagan, with a cool October which allowed grapes to be picked late into the growing season without high alcohol levels or fruit dehydration. A very high quality vintage for both Syrah and Viognier with no disease or pest pressure. There was some mild heat stress in July as the temperatures approached 40C, but irrigation investments the previous 3 years kept the vines healthy and thirst quenched.
The Viognier was picked and pressed the skins were kept aside in the cool shade of our Barrel Cellar. The Syrah grapes are partially destemmed (10% whole clusters added) and crushed before cold settling on skins for 3 days with the Viognier skins sprinkled in. The fermentation began naturally and the temperature was maintained with a combination of punch downs and pump-overs to optimize colour extraction without forcing out too much tannin. A selection of French and Hungarian puncheons and American barrique were used with about 30% new. The wines were kept on lees and topped regularly over 18 months before being bottled. It was aged in bottle for a year to allow proper bottle conditioning to occur and bring out the true complexities of this great variety.
- 92 Points -
The grapes were co-fermented with Viognier skins and aged in barrel (35% new). The wine begins with aromas of dried apricot mingled with delicatessen meat and spice. On the palate, there are flavours of plum, fig and licorice.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
- GOLD MEDAL - National Wine Awards of Canada 2019 -
Dark, hematic and also ferric. Plenty of fruit, more so chocolate and a side addendum of spice melting into fine tannin. Missing out just a hair in terms of drive and intensity but subsequent vintages look mighty promising for a future trending upwards towards 95.See detailed press review